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Ed Southern

Ed Southern is the executive director of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, one of the largest writers’ organizations of its kind in the country. He also is the author of three books: The Jamestown AdventureVoices of the American Revolution in the Carolinas, and Parlous Angels. His shorter work, in a variety of genres, has appeared in storySouth, the North Carolina Literary Review, the North Carolina 10×10 FestivalSouth Writ LargeThe Dirty Spoon, the Asheville Poetry Review, and Wake Forest Magazine, among others. In 2015 he won the Fortner Award for service to the literary arts in North Carolina.

Prior to the NC Writers’ Network, he was Vice President of Sales & Marketing at John F. Blair, Publisher. Before that, he worked as a bookseller, coffee shop manager, sporting-goods sales clerk, janitor, assistant facilities manager at a major art museum, bartender, high school sports stringer for the Winston-Salem Journal, delivery truck driver, dishwasher, basketball scoreboard operator, busser, bagger, and lawn mower (not at the same time).

He lives in Winston-Salem with his wife Jamie Rogers Southern, the Operations Director for Bookmarks, and their children.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without 

  1. The good humor not to be overly earnest about it
  2. The good manners not to be too much a smartass about it, either
  3. The proper balance in between
  4. The perspective to remember that the editors won’t hold me to this list in the event of emergency
  5. The grace to comply with their request, since they have been kind enough to accept my work
  6. The wit to keep this going to 10
  7. The humility to wonder if I should
  8. The pride to answer myself with a hell, yeah
  9. The good sense to wonder, again. And, maybe, again
  10. College football